Synonyms of subject in English:

subject

noun

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  • 2 there were cuts in funding for popular university subjects
    branch of knowledge, branch of study, course of study, course, discipline, field, area, specialism, speciality, specialty
  • 5 Santerre is a loyal subject of the king
    liege, liegeman, vassal, subordinate, underling; henchman, retainer, follower

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subject, topic, theme
Subject is the most general term for something that is or could be written, talked, or thought about ( his mind was no longer on the subject of politics | please send questions on any subjects you would like discussed ). A subject also means a branch of knowledge studied at school, college, or university ( sixth-form classes in less popular A-level subjects ).When distinguished from subject, topic can refer to a smaller and more specific area for discussion ( from this very complex subject, two topics concerning government grants have been selected for discussion in this section ). It is also the most common word for something discussed in speech ( her sole topic of conversation nowadays was the baby ).A theme is typically associated with a relatively long work or discussion and tends to be an underlying idea, recurring throughout it and unifying it ( she deals delicately with the themes of love and jealousy ). A theme is generally developed or elaborated rather than discussed or debated.

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